Room on the Boat

One year ago we brought this puppy home. Her mother—a stray Lab —had birthed her babies on the side of a freeway and hidden them in nearby bushes. After they were rescued and settled in a foster home, we met the litter and fell for Zoe. She was too young to be adopted, so we […]

One Sentence at a Time

When I taught English, my students would come to me for help on their essays. More accurately they were seeking better grades. They would stand by my desk or I’d stand by theirs and they would be worried. Or annoyed. Or both. “Read this out loud,” I would tell them. “This sentence here.” “But I […]

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

Simplifying is ONE of the things I want to talk about today, but first can we all agree Henry David Thoreau’s philosophy does NOT apply to exclamation points? (Spoiler alert: I’m using extra today!!) Punctuation aside, I’ve long been tempted to travel down Mr. Thoreau’s spare path. Then I remember Walden Pond probably required a […]

Today call me peeved.

Today call me peeved. As in pets. But not Pet Peeves. (Like when people wait until the checker has rung up all their groceries before fumbling in their bags for a checkbook. And also people who write checks.) No, I’m talking about actual pets. Who peeve. (Although I hate the word peeve; but that’s a […]